Intrasquad Game at Hohokam

View my photos from today

The Cubs held an intrasquad game today at HoHoKam. No scoreboard, announcements, or music other than the unplugged organist George Kiefer. Today was just about the baseball!

Cubs A vs. Cubs B. Some highlights: Derrek Lee picked up where he left off last year, belting a double in his first at-bat, driving in two runs. Jacque Jones hit a line drive HR and a single in his two at-bats. Ronny Cedeno drilled a double to the gap. Angel Guzman set down the Cubs “B” in order, including striking out Nefie Perez and Marquis Grissom in his scoreless inning. Big Michael Restovich crushed a ball that hit about 5 to 10 feet from the top of the 40 foot high batter’s eye in centerfield, and the ball wasn’t coming down when it hit, it was still on a line, and probably would have landed somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 feet.

Dusty has some ex-Cubs players helping out this spring, those in attendance today, Shawon Dunston, Bob Dernier(see pic), and Ryne Sandberg who is a Spring Training Instructor.

Just an estimate, I’m guessing about 700 to a thousand Cubs fans turned out for this free scrimmage game. I stopped keeping score because of the informal nature of the game, at least one inning ended with less than 3 outs, Todd Walker playing for both squads, so who won or lost was irrelevant.

I didn’t sit in the press box because it was my chance to watch a game from a nice front row seat and put my feet up on top of the Cub’s dugout just like the other fans. Of course one of these springs I could try the old Harry Caray stunt and get a wireless microphone and do my PA from different parts of the stadium, not sure the Cubs would go for that. Sitting in the stands is an enjoyable change of pace for me as today I got to talk with a great group of Cub fans. One of those fans was Herman who actually attended a 1945 Cubs World Series Game with his father. Now that’s good stuff!

Tomorrow is the Cactus League opener for the Cubs at Hohokam Park as they take on the Oakland Athletics. Carlos Zambrano will start for the Cubs against the A’s before leaving on Friday to join the Venezuelan team in the World Baseball Classic.

Talk to you tomorrow after the game!


Bob Dernier helped coach at 1st base today.
(Click link at top for more pics from game)

Tim

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Tim Sheridan is a Cubs fanatic who also happens to be the Cubs spring training public address announcer at Sloan Stadium and your tour guide here at boysofspring.com.
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